When House Of Coco were invited to 100 Wardour Street’s new ‘healthy breakfast menu’, we paused. Now, HoC are VERY particularly about breakfast – I mean, aren’t we all? And with London boasting some of the most delicious breakfast spots in the world, our standards are high.
Healthy is always the order of the day, but we like our mornings served up with a little pizzazz, too. Nevertheless, putting thoughts of spinach-and-egg-white-shakes aside, we swept on some mascara and headed to Soho one bright Tuesday morning.
We needn’t have worried. In this case, healthy was as far from hum-drum as you could possibly get. In fact, all ‘health’ in this menu was presented by stealth, leaving us feel both virtuous and very, very full.
There’s everything the discerning breakfaster could possibly want – from the sweet-toothed to the savoury-favourer. The menu isn’t scattergun, it’s considered and sophisticated, with surprising flavours and complete, mouth-watering attention to detail.
Their homemade granola, which usually makes mouths dry up at the mere mention of the word, is moreish and indulgent. The free-range eggs (try them on sourdough) are a treat, however you like yours on a morning. And if you’re a bit tired of the tried-and-tested Benedict, Florentine or Royal, go left-field…they’re also served with tabbouleh and quinoa, merguez sausage or #instafavourite avocado.
The Chorizo el Ranchero is tomatoey and smokey – a real heart-warmer, and the hash brown with nduja sausage, scallion savoy cabbage, egg and peppers packs a punch guaranteed to kickstart your metabolism.
There’s chia seeds, cracked wheat, crepes, savoury and sweet waffles – a whole dictionary of deliciousness with fresh, flavoursome ingredients crammed into every bite.
For us, the star of the show was the Acai Frozen Bowls. Usually only served up this authentically in Brazil, we challenge you to not fall head over heels. Go simple and sumptuous with the more traditional ‘Very Berry Breaky’, a bit more exotic with ‘Tango Mango’, which boasts mango, passion fruit, banana, coconut and crystallised seeds. Or rip up the rule book with the ‘Rococco’ bowl, packed with raw cacao, banana, Medjool dates, almond butter and white chocolate. You can literally feel the goodness trickle down to your tummy.
And, of course, no menu would be complete without a little temptation. Brioche your thing? Have it with fresh and freeze dried berries. American pancakes tickle your pickle? They’re served with creme fraiche and the loveliest compote imaginable. Then there’s the milk bread spilt and banana…need we say more?
Even with the dishes which clearly aren’t as kind to your waistline, there’s such care taken with this food that you, well, won’t…care, that is. You’ll leave feeling wholesome, happy and like you’ve experienced a real treat – and all before you sit down at your desk!
Disclaimer: You WILL want to order everything on the menu, so don’t count your chickens that you’ll be able to count your calories.
Check it out: http://www.100wardourst.com